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The shop primarily deals with handguns but also has rifles and shotguns. Sunderland and Claar agreed to make it so that no one younger than age 21 could buy a gun. The shop also made it official that it would not sell ammunition, although that was basically the unofficial procedure before the Feb. 14 mass shooting.
But beyond what type of guns it handles, Sterling & Knight makes it a point to abide by the strict regulations implemented by state and federal law. Every gun, as well as all items it buys, sells and pawns, is thoroughly documented.
As with at any other federally licensed arms dealer, a buyer has to fill out and pass a background check. The owners also have to have their firearm owner’s identification card. Potential buyers are not even allowed to handle a gun unless they present the card.
“It’s something we adhere to pretty strongly because we’re so close to the school here,” said Israel Laboy, a Sterling & Knight employee.
The pawn shop is across the street from Bolingbrook High School, but it was in that location well before the school was built.
Laboy also made the case for the usefulness of pawn shops, when it comes to making a record of guns in the area. When someone pawns their firearm, it’s a good way for them to get a loan if they don’t have easy access to banking. Moreover, the firearm’s information is logged, and the person needs to pass a background check to retrieve the weapon.